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Seibu Lions: Wakui and Hoashi making progress

by on Oct.06, 2010 @ 8:54 pm, under NPB

Hideaki Wakui and Kazuyuki Hoashi are both making progress.

Wakui threw about 20 pitches off the mound on Tuesday after throwing long toss at a distance of about 80 meters.  The adjustments he has made to his lower body have also apparently helped him regain velocity on his fastball.

Hoashi started a Phoenix League game on Tuesday (3 IP, 2 H, 5 SO, 1 R) and showed off his cutter.  Hoashi told reporters that he didn't throw the cutter a lot against Lotte and would likely try to use that to his advantage. Incidentally, Hoashi didn't throw any cutters at the beginning of the season and only started throwing them in September to give batters another look.